Hang onto your hats, because this thing is fast.

It blows my mind to think about how far travel has come over the years. Just 100 years ago, it took a lot of effort to get from city to city. Traveling across the country was a big decision. Today however, we can travel just about anywhere we want in just a few hours. Going from Los Angeles to New York, while not ideal, is as simple as jumping on a plane.

Soon there will be another way to travel... the hyperloop.

Several entrepreneurs have been working on this form of travel including Elon Musk and Richard Branson. Yep, the same guys that just went to space. It's amazing what you can do when you have tons of money and creativity that just won't quit.

What is it?

Well, it's essentially a rail system in a tunnel that shoots you across the country at an ungodly speed. But don't worry, it's actually supposed to be a pretty comfortable ride for the passengers. At least that's what I've gathered from the first test passenger video.

That test for Branson's Virgin hyperloop took place back in November 2020. In my mind, that means this baby will be ready to go within my lifetime, easily. Some predictions say the hyperloop will be a viable source of transportation in 2030.

How fast is fast?

Branson wants this thing to be safe, sustainable and fast. How fast?  670 miles per hour. That's fast.

Once this thing is up and running all over the country, the possibilities of where we can go are endless. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to see where we could travel to in about an hour. Places that are around 500-600 or so miles from here. Imagine having an early dinner date in San Francisco and being home to tuck the kids in before bed.

All without leaving the ground.

Where Could the Hyperloop Take Us in 1 Hour

Eyebrow Raising 'Dirty' Wyoming Landmarks

Were you that kid who always got in trouble in geography class? Can't help laughing when someone says Lake Titicaca? Then this is for you.

The Cowboy State is endowed with some interesting geologic formations. Now it is time to put on that naughty filter because the inappropriate geography tour of Wyoming is about to begin. Channel that kid in the back of the bus making fart jokes each time the vinyl seat squeaks.

Ok, you are ready. You're still laughing at Lake Titicaca, aren't you?

Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium

Did you know it would take the populations of Gillette (32,857), Laramie (32,381), Rock Springs (23,319), Sheridan (17,844) and Wright (1,200) to create a sellout inside Michigan's famed 107,601-seat Big House, the largest college football stadium in the nation?

For those of you not familiar with the Cowboy State, those are Wyoming's third through sixth most inhabited cities, along with the small mining town in Campbell County.

CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center

In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.

Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Starting in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence.  A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.

As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and the new construction began. 

The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses. 

Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.